||New Community Project Partners
The New Community Project depends on domestic and international partners to host Learning Tours, provide educational and project opportunities, and to help us understand global trends and dynamics from their unique perspective. NCP in turn works to express solidarity for their work and to support projects for girls' education, women's development and forest preservation/reforestation where appropriate.
Central and South America and the Caribbean
NCP is involved in Honduras through Mennonite Social Action Committee (CASM), a grassroots development organization working at social justice and environmental concerns in this impoverished country. CASM hosts NCP Solidarity Workers and Learning Tours.
In the Dominican Republic, NCP works with local groups to foster sustainable development in mountain communities. The DR is a site for Learning Tours led by Tom Benevento, and serves as a Solidarity Worker placement.
In Guatemala, NCP offers periodic Learning Tours, hosted by Brethren Volunteer Service Latin America coordinator Todd Bauer as well as long-time contacts of NCP staff Tom Benevento. Todd also facilitates NCP's purchase of Fair Trade crafts from women's groups, and his family is available to host Solidarity Workers for an immersion in Mayan culture and sustainable agriculture.
Fundacion SELVA is the NCP partner in Ecuador. This women-led group hosts NCP Learning Tours and Solidarity Workers, and collaborates on various efforts involving rainforest preservation, ecological education, and support of indigenous communities. NCP forest-friendly products are made by a Cofan native community visited on NCP Learning Tours. We also have a long-time relationship with Delio, shaman of the Siona people of the Ecuadorian Amazon, who guides our Learning Tour groups.
In South Sudan, the South Sudan Council of Churches and the Girlchild Education and Development Associate are key program partners in Narus and Nimule, respectively, coordinating our grants for girls' education and women's development, and hosting our Learning Tours. GEDA also hosts Solidarity Workers in Nimule each summer. Paskwale Ben and his New Community Forestry receive support from our If a Tree Falls... program for reforestation efforts in Nimule and surrounding areas. (Photos and stories from the 2009 Sudan Learning Tour)
In Uganda, NCP provides a marketing outlet for Papula Paper, a women-led organization making paper products from recycled and organic materials. The group places a priority on hiring single mothers, AIDS victims and disabled persons.
In Myanmar (Burma), NCP works through a friendly tour company (Santa Maria Tours) to plan Learning Tours, and with the Myanmar Baptist Convention to carry out women's development projects and girls' education in the southwest delta. In the Palaung hill tribe area near Kalaw, we work with Saw Jimmy Zan, our trekking guide and collaborator, to support girls' education, women's development and reforestation.
In Nepal, our newest partner is Shakti Samuha, a group comprised of former sex workers that helps other young women trying to recuperate from their time in this destructive industry. Shakti receives NCP grants for women and girls, hosts NCP Learning Tours, and welcomes Solidarity Workers. NCP has worked for the past 8 years with Women Empowerment, a grassroots group helping women with skills training and providing school support for young girls.
Gwich'in Steering Committee/Arctic Village, AK The Gwich'in people of Arctic Village, Alaska have hosted NCP Learning Tours since 2003. Participants learn about Gwich'in culture and current lifestyle, and about their reliance on the Porcupine Caribou Herd for food and identity from leaders like Sarah James (photo, on right). The Gwich'in Steering Committee is the primary advocacy group representing the Gwich'in nation. Their focus is on preventing oil drilling along the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Colleague Agencies (National)
Creation Justice Ministries This organization is comprised of representatives from denominational creation care offices, and provides a wide range of resources and opportunities for action for these groups and for faith-based environmental nonprofit organizations.
Eco-Justice Ministries serves as a clearinghouse for a variety of care for creation initiatives, resources and campaigns. The organization also publishes the weekly Eco-Justice Notes, essays on themes of interest to faith-based environmentalists.
Global Women's Project is rooted in the Church of the Brethren and seeks to educate about wealth, power and oppression, encouraging one another to live more simply, be mindful of our luxuries, and join in empowerment with women around the world, sharing resources with women’s initiatives. GWP and NCP collaborate on supporting programs in Africa and Asia.
The Regeneration Project and its Interfaith Power and Light campaign is an interfaith ministry devoted to deepening the connection between ecology and faith. The IPL campaign is mobilizing a national religious response to global warming while promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation.
Christian Simple Living outlines the elements of a 'non-conforming' 21st Century Christian simplicity and provides information and resources for living it, including how to live with less, loving our neighbors and the planet, increasing spirituality, building self-sustaining communities, staying healthy through healthy eating, exercise and good health care, and a number of other topics.
*World Student Christian Federation is a community of students and youth committed to embodying the radical and prophetic words of Christ. Through the interests and visions of young people they work to bring peace, justice and Christian unity into being, and to stand in solidarity with all who are oppressed
Colleague Agencies (Regional)
Faith in Place Based in Chicago, Faith in Place gives religious people the tools to become good stewards of the earth, partnering with religious congregations to promote clean energy & sustainable farming. Their constituency includes over 200 congregations in Illinois-Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Zoroastrian, Baha'i and Unitarian.
Earth Ministry is a Seattle-based organization offering a range of congregational and personal resources and list serves. While focused on the Northwest, many of their resources are useful in any setting.
GreenFaith is New Jersey 's interfaith coalition for the environment. The group seeks to inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse spiritual backgrounds to rediscover their relationship with the sacred in nature and to restore the earth for future generations. A wide array of resources are listed under headings of Spirit, Stewardship and Justice.